May 11, 2015

Nostalgia and a warning

I was in Taunton today, the town of much of my youth and adult working life. Its normal to feel nostalgia when in your home town I guess but a stroll around French Weir really set the memories flooding back. 

I have written before about my first ever fishing trip there and today I realised how much of it is exactly the same as it was five decades ago. Would you believe that fifty years of floods have passed yet the cabbage patches below the weir and the lily patch above are still there and are still roughly the same size as ever they were. Sadly though, the old Horse Chestnut tree beneath which I made that first cast is now just a large stump. I had to stand 'beneath' it and look over the old fence into the swirling pool.

All that remains is the stump

Chub were everywhere. A fish that didn't appear on my catch list until several years after I'd left Taunton yet now, the shoals of dace were missing replaced by chub, chub and more chub. A few roach and minnows were the only other fish I spotted.. oh, and an umbrella. It sat tight to a concrete ledge, submerged, fully open and doubtless beneath it was a patch of bone dry river bed.


The salmon steps - there were no warning signs in my day :o)


But the nostalgia was heightened by attending Bunny's funeral and not just for the reasons you may think. I had been asked to provide some pictures by his son Phil who especially wanted some with him and his dad together. Fortunately I was able to oblige. But then, as I poured over my vast collection of pictures, I realised that I didn't have a single picture of me and Bunny together. I took it a step further and I cannot recall one of me and lifelong fishing mate Paddy together and only the occasional one of my son Neil and I, taken when Nicky happened to come along. This is wrong.

Now think - when you fish with your mates, how often do you get a shot of both of you together? I'll bet you're like me and its one of you with the camera, the other grinning inanely at some comment made or trying not to look too serious when posing with a fish. Rigging up a timed or remote release shot seems like too much faffing about much of the time and how many of us want someone else posing with our fish?

In the time of the 'selfie' can I suggest that you make the effort to take a few shots of you with those that you care about because if you don't, one of you may regret it.








15 comments:

  1. Nicely put Dave. Yessling Ying.

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  2. That's a very good point Dave and something I shall bear in mind as I've quite a band of fishing mates. By the way, I've been recently starting a collection of 'Angling' magazine which was published from 1959-81. Within its pages is a column.'Match Patch' penned by a certain Dave Burr.???

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  3. I don't know whether its of any interest but I run my own fishing blog here; www.diaryofanaverageangler.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ha! The other Dave Burr. I've been asked many times about him but he won the 1st division national back in '66 when I had just started fishing. Funnily enough he won it on the Kings Sedgemoor Drain which I went on to fish for years.

      Love your blog, some cracking fish on there Jeff.

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  4. Wise words mucker, lest we forget.
    Must have been strange to see the old stomp in colour eh? ;-)

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  5. Dave,

    It made me think I've only got two photos, one you took of Rocca and I in the Red Lion and one of the Sussex Vegan and I a few years back.

    Something that needs doing as I mentioned to Yessling today.

    Nice one ;-0

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    1. When it occurred to me it was a bit of a bombshell moment Jase. D'ya reckon you can get Rocca to travel south long enough for a snap that doesn't look like you are both followers of Dorothy? ;o)

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    2. He as you know I'm sure did not cast a line in the UK last season, preferring to fish in Spain. He tells me that will change this time around. Time will out I guess ;-0

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    3. Don't hold your breath :oD

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  6. Too late for me and Payne, got an album full of him gurning over a lucky fish, but me and him together? nope.

    Blake

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    1. When we fish together in the summer make sure you look presentable, the camera will appear ;o)

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    2. Evening dress acceptable?

      Blake

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    3. No, come like a tramp as usual :o)

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